Italy vs Sweden Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Italy vs Sweden in the World Cup qualifying play-off.
Italy vs Sweden Match Preview
Sweden rode their luck to a 1-0 win over Italy in the first leg to take a decisive step towards next year World Cup. The Italians now have a huge task to overcome that deficit as the sides prepare for the decider. This second leg of the World Cup qualifying playoff would be played at the San Siro on Monday, November 13.
Italy were unlucky to have fallen to a 1-0 loss in the first leg, as Gian Piero Ventura’s side was the one to have created the better chances. Andrea Belotti missed a header and Matteo Darmian rattled the goal post while at the other end an unfortunate deflection by Daniel De Rossi gave the Swedes a vital lead ahead of this Italy vs Sweden encounter in San Siro. But, Italy have also a lot to improve in their attacking prowess as they face the prospect of failing to qualify for the Football World Cup for the first time in 60 years. One positive for the Azzurri is their home form – Italy are unbeaten at home in 44 competitive matches (W36, D8), stretching back to 1999. Against Sweden, the record stands at W7, D2, L1. So, can the Italians come back and keep their World Cup place?
For Sweden, it is a huge chance to qualify for their first World Cup final since 2006. And, the visitors know that an early goal on the night could pretty well kill the tie. In Stockholm, the Swedes were on top in the first half although they were profligate in front of the goal. Even the goal they scored was through a lucky deflection which leaves the visitors wondering if they should have scored more in the first leg. Especially since their away road doesn’t make good reading. Sweden have lost three of their last four games away from home and that makes them vulnerable on Monday night. The intimidating San Siro atmosphere could also play a crucial part which leaves us with the question – can Sweden hang on to their advantage?
Italy vs Sweden H2H
After the first leg, Italy vs Sweden was played out 24 times with Italy picking 11 wins, six draws and Sweden winning seven.
Italy vs Sweden Team News
Italy will be once again without the injured trio of defender Alessio Romagnoli, midfielders Claudio Marchisio and Lorenzo Pellegrini.
Sweden will welcome back Mikael Lustig after serving his suspension in the first leg. Albin Ekdal was injured in the first leg but coach Janne Andersson has an able replacement in Jakob Johansson.
Italy vs Sweden Probable Line-ups
Italy: Buffon, Bonucci, Chiellini, Barzagli, Darmian, Bernardeschi, Parolo, De Rossi, Insigne, Belotti, Immobile.
Sweden: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Claeasson, Johansson, Larsson, Forsberg, Berg, Toivonen.
Italy vs Sweden Predictions
Italy have a great home record and a proud World Cup qualification record to keep intact. Their tactics were not up to the mark in the first-leg, but the Azzurri have no option but to keep looking for a win. Back the hosts to win the match.